Thursday, June 30, 2011



1.    All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of May, 2011 increased by 1 point and stood at 187 (one hundred & eighty seven) .

2.    During May, 2011, the index recorded increase of 8 points in Ludhiana centre, 6 points in Nasik centre, 5 points each in Giridih, Mundakkayam and Sholapur centres, 4 points in 3 centres, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. The index decreased by 4 points in Rangapara Tezpur centre, 3 points in Ghaziabad centre, 2 points in Guwahati centre, 1 point in 10 centres, while in the remaining 21 centres the index remained stationary.

3.    The maximum increase of 8 points  in  Ludhiana centre is mainly on account of increase in the prices of Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Mustard Oil, Vanaspati Ghee, Milk, Chillies Dry, Electricity Charges, Toilet Soap, Washing Soap, etc. The increase of 6 points in Nasik centre is due to increase in the prices of Wheat, Bajra, Chillies Dry, Vegetable & Fruit items, Petrol, etc. The increase of 5 points in Giridih, Mundakkayam and Sholapur centres is due to increase in the prices of  Rice, Jowar, Vegetable & Fruit items, Tea (Readymade), Firewood, Soft Coke, Hair Oil, Washing Soap, etc. The decrease of 4 points in Rangapara Tezpur centre is the outcome of decrease in the prices of Wheat Atta, Fish Fresh, Turmeric Powder, Garlic, Vegetable & Fruit items, Pan Leaf, etc. The decrease of 3 points in Ghaziabad centre is due to decrease in the prices of Wheat Atta, Onion, Vegetable & Fruit items, etc. The decrease of 2 points in Guwahati centre is due to decrease in the prices of Wheat Atta, Vegetable & Fruit items, Pan Leaf, etc.

4.    The indices in respect of the six major centres are as follows :

1. Ahmedabad                  

2. Bangalore

3. Chennai

4. Delhi

5. Kolkata

6. Mumbai

5.    The All-India (General) point to point rate of inflation for the month of May, 2011 is 8.72% as compared to 9.41% in April, 2011. Inflation based on Food Index is 7.61% in May, 2011 as compared to 8.24% in April, 2011.

6.    The CPI-IW for June, 2011 will be released on the last working day of the next month, i.e. 29th July, 2011.

Source:labour bureau



RBE No.99/2011


New Delhi, dated 28.06.2011

The General Managers
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Safety Related Retirement Scheme covering safety categories with Grade Pay of Rs.1900/-.


Please refer to Board,s letters of even number dated 11.O9.2010 and 24.09.2010 vide which the benefit of Safety Related Retirement Scheme (SRRS) was extended to other safety categories of staff with a grade pay of Rs.1800/- p.m. The nomenclature of the Scheme was also modified also Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGES5) with Grade Pay of 1800/-.

2. Considering the demand of the Employees Federations it has now been decided to expand the scope of LARSGESS by enhancing the existing criteria of grade pay of Rs.1800/- to Rs.1900/-. However, the employment under the Scheme would be guaranteed only to those found eligible/suitable and finally selected as per the laid down procedure. The list of Safety categories covered under the Scheme in Grade Pay Rs.1800/- has already been circulated vide Board’s letter dated 11.09.2011. Same categories in Grade Pay Rs.1900/- will now be eligible for the scheme.

3. For determining the eligibility for seeking retirement under the Scheme, Grade Pay. corresponding to the post against which the employee is working on regular basis, will be taken into account. In other words, the staff working on the post with Grade Pay of Rs.1900/- will continue to be eligible for seeking retirement under the Scheme even after getting financial upgradation in Pay higher han Rs.1900/- under MACPS.

4 The eligibility conditions for the safety staff with grade pay of Rs.1900/- seeking retirement under the scheme would be the same as those for Drivers viz. 33 years of qualifying service and age between 55-57 years. Recruitment of the wards of such employees being in respective category (i.e. in grade pay of Rs.1900/-) their suitability would be adjudged by an Assessment Committee of 3 SAG officers at Headquarter level as in the case of the wards of Drivers.

5. The eligibility conditions in respect of qualifying service and age group in case of Gangmen and other safety categories in grade pay of Rs.1800/- would remain 20 years and 50-57 years respectively, and the suitability of their wards would be adjudged by an Assessment Committee of 3 JA Grade officers at Divisional level.

6. It is once again reiterated that the retirement of the employee be considered only if the ward is found suitable in all respects. Retirement of the employee and appointment of the ward should take place simultaneously.

7. The other terms and conditions of the Scheme will remain unchanged.

8. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

9.Hindi version will follow.

10. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Deputy Director Estt.(P&A)III,
Railway Board

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 27th June, 2011


Subject:- Restricted Holiday (RH) on the occasion birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh to be observed on 31st December, 2011

   The birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh has been shifted from 5th January 2012 (15 Pausha 1933 SE, Thursday) to 31st December 2011 (10 Pausha 1933 SE Saturday). Modification had been made on the basis of amendments in the critcrion of the festival falling on Lunar tithi - Pausha Sukla Saptami instead of Solar Date of January 5. Accordingly, there will be Restricted Holiday on 3lst December, 2011 on account of birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh.

   2. Hindi version will follow.

(Dinesh Kapila)
Director (JCA)

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2012.


Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 27th June, 2011

Subject:- Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2012.

   It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure -I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Dethi/New Delhi during the year 2012. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure - II.

   2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:


   3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified after seeking prior approval of this Ministry and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.


   3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initiaily declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non- working day or in the event of mere than one festivals falling on the same day.

   4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

   5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi.

   5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idul Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

   5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through T.V. / A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.

   6. During 2012, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (Kartika 22). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

   7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2012, subject to para 3.2 above.

   8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of Ministry of Home Affairs letter No.14046/27/83- GP-I dated 15.2.1984 by which they would observe a total of 16 holidays including the three National Holidays Viz. Republic Day, Independence Day & Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

   9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words; they will have the option to select 10(Ten) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Milad-un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad, Buddha Purnima, Idu’l Zuha (Bakrid) and Muharram included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on days of weekly off.

   10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

   11. Hindi version will follow.

Director (JCA)

list of HOLIDAYS 2012

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Clarification on Children Education Allowance.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, Dated 17th June, 2011


Subject: – Clarification on Children Education Allowance.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to DOP&T O.M. No. 12011/03/2008- Estt(Allowance) dated 02-09-2008 and clarificatory OM No.12011/16/2009- Estt.(AL) dated 13.11.2009 on the Children Education Allowance(CEA) Scheme, this Department has been receiving references from various Departments seeking further clarifications.

The doubts raised are clarified as under:-

(i) whether Children Education Allowance
 would be admissible beyond two
 children due to failure of sterilization
The reimbursement of Children
 Education Allowance is
 admissible only for the
 first child born after failure 
of sterilization operation. 
 (ii) whether the admissible amount
 per annum per child
 (annual ceiling of Rs.15000/-) on 
account of CEA can be reimbursed 
in full in the first quarter of the
 financial/academic year itself.
 (i) It is clarified that a Government
servant is allowed to get 50% of the
 total amount subject to the over all 
annual ceiling in the first quarter and
 the remaining amount in third and
 or fourth quarter. Frontloading 
of the entire amount in the 
first and second quarters is not allowed.

(ii) A Government servant
 can claim full amount subject 
to the annual ceiling of Rs.15000/-
 in the last quarter.

(Vibha Govil Mishra)
Deputy Secretary (P & A)

order copy

Finalization of Common Seniority List (CSL) in the Grade of UDCs of CSCS for the Select List years 1995 to 2005 - reg.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi-3,
Dated: the 24th June, 2011


Subject: - Finalization of Common Seniority List (CSL) in the Grade of UDCs of CSCS for the Select List years 1995 to 2005 - reg.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 29.04.2010, 09.09.2010, 27.09.2010 and 11.11.2010 on the above subject circulating the Common Seniority List of UDCs for the Select List years 1995 to 2005.

   2. Some of the cadre units have forwarded representations which relate to corrections regarding names and date of birth of UDCs and the same have been carried out in the list. On the basis of the information received from cadre units, individuals and also on reverifying the seniority lists of the cadres, the order of placement of some of the officials has been revised. In view of above, the revised seniority list of UDCs for the Select List year 1995 to 2005 are circulated herewith for information. The cadre units are requested to invariably mention the CSL number in future correspondence relating to the seniority List of UDCs for the Select List years 1995 to 2005. Accordingly the Common Seniority List of UDCs for the Select List years 1995 to 2005 may be treated as final . The same may be seen on the website of this Department i.e:

Central Services Wing
CS Division
Central Secretariat Clerical Service
Common Seniority List

Under Secretary to the Govt of India

order copy and seniority list of UDC

Thursday, June 23, 2011



Employees portal reproduced the circular published by Confederation Secretary General Shri K.K.N.Kutty regarding indefinite postal strike action.

We write this to solicit your support and solidarity for the postal workers of the country who are preparing to go on indefinite strike action from 5th July 2011 onwards.  The National Federation of Postal employees (NFPE), All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union (AIPEDEU), the two affiliates of the confederation has under the banner of the Joint Council of Action with the Federation of National Postal Organizations (affiliated to INTUC) and the National Union of Gramin Dak Sewak(affiliated to INTUC) have served the Strike notice on 14th June 2011 on the Postal Board.  The Strike action will commence on 5th July, 2011.

The Issues

1.       Some time back, the Department of Post, appointed the World (in)famous Transnational Corporation, Mckinzey Consultancy to make recommendations to it as to the manner and methodology to be adopted  to restructure the century old postal system of the country.  While the avowed objective was to modernize the system and make it a profit making venture, the real intent was to reorganize the department in such a manner so as to equip itself viable for privatization/corporatization. Earlier the Postal Department had made several attempts to privatize its functions and in the process large scale outsourcing was also resorted to. With the prime objective of eroding the efficacy of the Postal department, various steps were undertaken like, closure of sorting units, cutting down the staff strength despite widening business ventures, pegging down the overtime rates by linking it to pre-1986 pay scales etc. Thrice the Government made attempts to introduce legislation in the parliament to grant license to courier service providers.  The stubborn resistance of the M.Ps especially of the left parties and a few others in the parliament and the struggles organized by the  employees at the work spot thwarted it successfully till date.  However, systematically and meticulously the Department had been  creating conditions whereby the customers moved away to patronize the private courier services, run illegally without any licence whatsoever. Surprisingly even Government Departments, which are to communicate with large number of people often became customers  of such illegally run private courier service providers The Mckinzey consultancy who is yet to make its final  report, has however, suggested certain measures in the name of Mail Network optimization project  which the postal department has now  decided to implement without causing any discussions whatsoever  with any of the stake holders, especially the unions. Their suggestions include:

(a)     Closure/merger of about 9797 post offices in the urban area

(b)     Reduce the number of Speed Post Centre from 315 to 89.

(c)     Reduce the RMS sorting centres from 412 to 84

(d)     To redeploy the postman staff in the newly created "Delivery hubs"

2.       The major chunks of the postal workers are Gramin Dak Sewaks or Extra-departmental Agents.  The EDA was the system developed by the British Government to spread the postal communication system to far flung rural areas of the country . They were simply agents or franchisees and were appointed so for pittance of a remuneration.   Their cause was taken up by the unions of regular employees, the NFPE and its constituents and the FNPO, in the post-independent era and through sustained struggles fetched  them very many concessions, benefits and privileges and brought them nearly on par with the regular employees.  When the 5th CPC was set up in 1993, the Postal department was forced to appoint a Judicial Commission (The Talwar Commission) to go into the wage-structure and other service conditions of the Extra Departmental Agents, presently called the Gramin Dak Sewaks.  The committee made far reaching recommendations, a good number of which the Government had to accept and implement, (except civil servant status and pension) thereby improving the lot of these employees considerably.  However, the committee set up in the wake of the  6th CPC, the Natarajamurthy committee headed by a retired Postal bureaucrat, ensured that the EDAs were reduced to casual part time workers reversing in the process, decisions taken on the basis of Talwar Commission suggestions. Most of the committee's recommendations were in sync with the neo-liberal economic policies. The rules governing their service conditions have now been unilaterally amended whereby they may not be even termed as "employees" hereafter.  The very caption of the regulatory rules which was GDS-Conduct and Employment rules have now been changed to  GDS- Conduct and engagement rules,  reducing them  to the status of a Contract Worker.

In the negotiations which took place on 6th and 7th June, 2011 the Postal authorities have stuck to their stand of implementing the decision to create Speed Post and First Class mail hubs, despite their inability to contradict the fact presented by the  staff side that the creation of such hubs has resulted in abnormal delay in the delivery of articles benefiting the private operators.  It has,  therefore,  become unambiguously clear that without organizing sustained struggles and eliciting the support of the entire section of the  working people and garnering  public opinion,  the reversal of the decision would not come about.   The undeniable  fact that Government and the Postal department armed  with the recommendation of the Mckency  consultancy are determined  to demolish the existing postal system in the country to pave way for the unhindered  entry of private operators has to be defeated.

We therefore once again request you to extend your co-operation, support and solidarity to make the proposed indefinite strike successful to compel the Government to rescind their decision to act upon McKenzie recommendations in the Postal Department.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

K K N Kutty.
Secretary General


Salaried Taxpayers with total Income up to Rs.5 lakh Exempted from filing Income Tax Return for Assessment Year 2011-12

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has notified the scheme exempting salaried taxpayers with total income up to Rs.5 lakh from filing income tax return for assessment year 2011-12, which will be due on July 31, 2011.

Individuals having total income up to Rs.5,00,000 for FY 2010-11, after allowable deductions, consisting of salary from a single employer and interest income from deposits in a saving bank account up to Rs.10,000 are not required to file their income tax return. Such individuals must report their Permanent Account Number (PAN) and the entire income from bank interest to their employer, pay the entire tax by way of deduction of tax at source, and obtain a certificate of tax deduction in Form No.16.

Persons receiving salary from more than one employer, having income from sources other than salary and interest income from a savings bank account, or having refund claims shall not be covered under the scheme.

The scheme shall also not be applicable in cases wherein notices are issued for filing the income tax return under section 142(1) or section 148 or section 153A or section 153C of the Income Tax Act 1961.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Investment in equity market is risky, says Samirendra Chatterjee, EPFO chief

Samirendra Chatterjee is one of the largest fund managers in the country and certainly the one who is most closely watched. After all, as the Central Provident Fund Commissioner, he is responsible for nearly five crore provident fund accounts and manages some Rs 3.5 lakh crore. Chatterjee spoke to TOI about the changes at EPFO, the interest rate scenario and why the entity is resisting investment in equities . Excerpts:

It is still very tough to deal with EPFO - you can't find how much money there is in your account and the paperwork is cumbersome. Is something being done?

We are trying very hard to make the services to members transparent. We have already put online the position of updation of member accounts office-wise on our website. Very soon individual accounts balance too will be available online. For employers too we have simplified the process of filing statements. We have given them a software tool to enable them to download the returns from their salary bills, and send it to us in CDs so that our offices can upload it. Transfer settlements have also been computerized and are being sent electronically . There are some teething troubles because of the training it entails. But things are changing. We are taking one step at a time to ensure that services are made efficient to members.

You have started a process of streamlining of inoperative accounts. How has the response been?

Every month we get about five lakh applications for withdrawal. There has been a 30-40 % increase in that figure , which I believe is because of the announcement that accounts that have been inoperative for three years or more will not be given interest beyond March 31, 2011. Though we will stop paying interests on these accounts, the capital will remain safe. So, even if someone from the family comes and makes a claim in future, with the required identity, we will make the payment.

How much money is lying like this?

The estimate is around Rs 15,000 crore spread across 2.5-3 crore accounts. Some accounts have huge accumulations . We will invest this money but there will be no interest payment on accounts that are inoperative for three years.

How much difference will it make to the interest rate for the current year?

It is difficult to estimate now since many will withdraw now, and others will consolidate their multiple accounts through transfers.

As for this year's interest rate, it is still too early to say. Nearly 85% of our funds are already invested and returns will not be higher just because interest rates have gone up now. It is only 10-15 % on which we can hope to earn a little more, given the higher rates that are on offer at present . So, on Rs 1.8 lakh crore our returns are booked, on the incremental Rs 30,000 crore we may gain a little but it will not make substantial difference to what we earned last year (8.5%).


Preparation of Draft Common Seniority List of Assistants of CSS for SL 2003.


Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market
New Delhi, dated 21st June, 2011.


Subject: Preparation of Draft Common Seniority List of Assistants of CSS for SL 2003.

   The undersigned is directed to say that this Department (CS Division) is preparing Draft Common Seniority List of CSS Assistants of SL 2003. It has been noticed that against some of the UDCs, promoted to the grade of Assistant of SL 2003, certain remarks are made by their respective cadres. A list of such incumbents along with the remarks made against their names is enclosed It is requested that the Ministries/Departments concerned may please furnish the present status of the incumbents. This is urgent and the information may be furnished latest by 28.06.2011.

TEL. 24629413

order copy with seniority list



No. 20/49/2009-CS.II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi dated 22nd June, 2011


Subject:- Creation of a new grade of UDC (NFSG) and Stenographer Grade ‘D’ (NFSG) in CSCS and CSSS respectively.

   It has been decided to create a grade of UDC ‘Non Functional Selection Grade’ (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Clerical Services (CSCS) cadre and Stenographer Grade ‘D’ (NFSG) in Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Services (CSSS) Cadre in the grade pay of Rs. 4,200/- in Pay Band-2 with immediate effect subject to the following conditions:

   (a) UDCs of CSCS and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS shall be eligible for placement in the Non Functional Selection Grade on completion of 5 years of approved service as UDC/Stenographer Grade ‘D’ subject to the condition that the total number in the grade will be restricted to 30% of the sanctioned strength (i.e.1104 in the grade of UDC and 385 in Steno Grade ‘D’).

   (b) The officials will be placed in the Non Functional Selection Grade as per the following procedure:

     i) Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T) will issue a Zone of Consideration for placement of eligible officials in NFSG as per the Common Seniority List prepared and maintained by DOP&T in respect of UDCs of CSCS and Stenographers Grade ‘D’ of CSSS.

     ii) An internal Committee will be constituted by the Cadre Units to review the cases of officials for placement in the Non Functional Selection Grade and to make suitable recommendations.

   iii) The Committee shall consider the last 5 years ACRs/APARs of the officials. The Committee should satisfy itself that the overall performance of the official is “GOOD” in the last 5 years ACRs/APARs. Such officials would be considered suitable for placement in the ‘NFSG’.

     iv) There should be no adverse entries in any ACR/APAR. If there are any adverse entries, it should be clearly brought out in the minutes as to why the official has been proposed for Non Functional Selection Grade in spite of adverse entries. The minutes should also include a certificate that there is no other factor or aspect affecting the official which will disqualify him/her for grant of ‘Non - Functional Selection Grade’.

     v) SC/ST officials considered for placement in their turn to the ‘NFSG’ may be included in the Select List of ‘NFSG’ even if they do not fulfil the criteria as laid down in S.No. (iii) above, provided they are not found unfit by the Committee.

   2. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide their U.O. No. 10/1/2010-IC dated 14.6.2011.

(Rajiv Manjhi)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt of India

order copy

Mallikarjun Kharge Directs Provident Fund Organisation to Update All Accounts by December 2011

The first ever review meeting of the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner was held here today under the chairmanship of Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour and Employment. Total 120 officers from regional and sub regional offices attended the meeting to review the progress in improving the service delivery to the employee provident fund members.

Speaking on the occasion the Minister said 4.72 crore accounts up to 2008-09 are likely to be updated online by 15.7.2011 to ensure more transparency. He said that the Provident Fund Organisation has been directed to update all accounts by December 2011 and expressed the hope that this will be done as per schedule as this will be one of the major achievements since nearly 14 crore accounts were pending for updation on 1.4.2011 i.e. the beginning of the new financial year. He expressed his happiness that EPFO will now put the account balances of members on website so that any member can check his balances up to the year his account are updated. Considering this as a big achievement he added that most of the members grievances will be resolved once they are able to access their accounts through website.

During the meeting minister also reviewed the position as regard to the settlement of claims. He said that the settlement of claims within 30 days has improved over the previous year. However, his aim is to achieve 100% settlement within 30 days. This claims settlement office-wise has also been put on the website so that everybody can see the position with regard to the settlement of accounts of our 120 offices. Minister underlined that employers can submit their returns and challans electronically, which will speed up the progress of updating of accounts and settlement of claims.

Those who were present during the meeting included P.C Chaturvedi, Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Shri S.Chatterjee, Central Provident Fund Commissioner, Shri Ravi Mathur, Additional Secretary, Ministry of labour & Employment and other senior officials of Employee Provident Fund organisation.



The most eagerly awaited payment for a central government employee is his DEARNESS ALLOWANCE.We know that the Dearness Allowance which is announced twice in a year (ie: in the month of January and July.) is being calculated on the basis of  AICPIN(IW).

Of all the allowances begetted by a central govt employee, it is only the DA that holds a special place.

The AICPIN for the month of January,February,March and April have been published.Based on these presently the percentage of DA is 56 %.The AICPIN for the month of May and June have to be still announced.Then only  the exact percentage of DA can be calculated.

For reducing inflation Reserve Bank of India often increasing the interest rates .As a results the inflation is controlled but not reduced.Hence chances for reduction of numbers in AICPIN  for the month of May and June are not visible.At the same time increase in numbers are also not there immediately.

If the same condition pervades for longer times there would be no doubt that the percentage of  dearness Allowance July 2011 would be 57 or 58%.

 January  188  53
 February   185  54
 March  185  55
 April  186  56
 May  -  -
 June  expected 57 or 58

Tuesday, June 21, 2011



D.G. Posts No. 51-3/2009-SPB-II      dated 15.06.2011.

            I am directed to refer to the Department of Personnel & Training's OM No. 13018/2/2008-Estt. (L) dated 11.9.2008 followed by clarifications issued by them from time to time vide their OMs dated 29.9.2008, 18.11.2008, 2.12.2008, 7.9.2010 and 30.12.2010 on the subject mentioned above and to say that it may be insured that the cases of grant of child care leave are promptly dealt with as per the instructions of Government of India issued vide above referred Office Memoranda .

            The said Office Memoranda can be down loaded from the website of Department of Personnel & Training i.e. for further reference.
                                                             Director (Staff)

, ,


(Railway Board)

RBENo. 83 /2011 
New Delhi, dated 07-06-2011

The General Managers (P),
All Zonal Railways & Pus
(As per standard mailing list)

Sub:-Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance revised from  ` 100 to ` 300 from 01 -09-2008 vide Board's letter No PC-V/2010/A/Med/1 dated 29-06-2010 to the Railway pensioners/family pensioners-clarifications regarding

   Pursuant to receipt of references from Railway Federations etc. seeking to modify the Undertaking Form annexed with Board’s letter No PC-V/2006/A/Med/1  dated 15-09-2009 (RBE No.168/2009) so as to ensure that the pensioners/family pensioners availing OPD facility for chronic diseases are not deprived of the Fixed Medical Allowance, the matter has been examined and it has been decided to modify the Undertaking Form suitably.

   2. The revised Undertaking Form is enclosed Henceforth, Railway pensioner/family pensioners who opt to claim Medical Allowance should submit the claim for Medical Allowance to the concerned Pension Disbursing Authority in the revised Undertaking Form

3. Hindi version is enclosed

Director,Pay Commission - I
Railway Board


Written Result of Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2011 Declared

               On the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2011 held by the Union Public Service Commission in February, 2011,  10118 candidates have qualified for being interviewed by the Service Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence, for admission to (i) Indian
Military Academy, Dehradun 132nd Course commencing in January, 2012 (ii) Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Course commencing in January, 2012 (iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course for 191st F(P) Course commencing in January, 2012 (iv) Officers’ Training Academy,
Chennai  95th  SSC Course (for Men) commencing in April, 2012 and (v) Officers’ Training Academy, 9th  SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in April, 2012.

The ratio of candidates shortlisted for the examination per vacancy is 1 : 19.51.

The candidature of all the candidates,  is provisional.  In accordance with the conditions of the admission to the examination, they are required to submit the original certificates in support of age (date of birth) educational qualifications, NCC (C) (Army Wing/Senior Division
Air Wing/Naval Wing) etc. claimed by them, along with attested copies thereof, to Army Headquarters, A.G.’s Branch/Rtg./CDSE Entry, West Block 3, Ground Floor, Wing No. I, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC as their first choice and to Naval Headquarters
(R&R Section), Room No. 204, C-Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Naval first choice, and to PO3 (A) Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Moti Lal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110011 in case of Air Force first choice.  The original
Certificates are to be submitted within two weeks of completion of the SSB Interview and not later than 13th November, 2011 (1st February, 2012 in case of SSC only).   The candidates must not send the original certificates to the Union Public Service Commission.

 In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters as per their first preference/choice.

The Union Public Service Commission have a Facilitation Counter near Examination Hall Building in its Campus.  Candidates may obtain any information/clarification regarding this examination on working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, in person or over telephone No
. 011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543 from this Facilitation Counter.  Candidates can also obtain information regarding their result by accessing UPSC website http.//

The marks-sheets of candidates who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission’s website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after concluding SSB Interviews) and will remain available on the web-site for a period of 60 days.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

AI employees to get their salaries by Thursday

 Employees of Air India will get their due salaries by Thursday after airline management decides whether to disburse the performance-linked incentive (PLI) for April or to pay the basic salary for the month of May first.

"The employees would get their salaries in two to three days. The latest would be by Thursday," a senior Air India official said.

"We have got dues from the government last week. Just we have to decide whether to release the performance-linked incentive (PLI) of the employees for April or to pay their basic salary of May first", he said, adding the matter would be sorted out in a day or two.

Facing financial crunch, the national carrier has not paid full salaries to its over 30,000 odd employees for the last three months


Level ‘A’ Training Programme at ISTM for U.D.Cs with 5 years’ approved service in the grade (04/07/2011 to 29/07/2011).

Most Immediate

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
CS.I Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 17th June, 2011


Subject: Level ‘A’ Training Programme at ISTM for U.D.Cs with 5 years’ approved service in the grade (04/07/2011 to 29/07/2011).

   The undersigned is directed to inform that UDCs/adhoc Assistants, whose names are given in Annexure I, have been nominated for the Level ‘A’ Training Programme conducted by ISTM w.e.f. 04/07/2011 to 29/07/2011. It is requested that these officials may be relieved of their duties, subject to vigilance clearance and advised to report to Smt.Namita Malik, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM, Administrative Block, JNU Campus (Old), New Delhi-110067 at 9A.M. on 4th July, 2011.

   2. The performance of the officials in the training, as evaluated and reported by ISTM thereof, may be added in their APARs. No request for withdrawal of nomination either from the Ministry/Department or the officer concerned shall be entertained by this Department or the Institute. As the training of the officials and successful completion is necessary for promotion/regularization the Cadre Units are requested to ensure that the officials nominated to the above programme are relieved in time.

   3. As the aforesaid training includes study tour, officers nominated above may be advised to draw necessary TA/DA advance of Rs. 12,000/- each from their respective Ministry/Department. This amount may be released in Cash only and the same shall be collected by ISTM from the participating officials.

   4. Confirmation with regard to the participation of the officials along with their respective bio-data (Annexure-II) may please be sent by 24th June, 2011 to Smt. Namita Malik, Assistant Director (Co-ordinator), ISTM, New Delhi, with a copy to the undersigned. Smt. Namita Malik, Assistant Director(Co-ordinator) ISTM is accessible on phone No.26185311(O).

(Vidyadhar Jha )
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele. 24624046
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Promotion of LDC as UDC of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) on ad-hoc basis- Continuance of Ad-hoc appointments regarding.

No. 3/2/2010-CS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
New Delhi - 110 003.
Dated l7th June, 2011.

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Promotion of LDC as UDC of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) on ad-hoc basis- Continuance of Ad-hoc appointments regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 3/2/2010-CS.II dated 31st December, 2010 whereby cadres were permitted to continue the ad-hoc appointments in the UD Grade of CSCS up to 30.06.2011 and to say that the continuation of the ad-hoc appointments in the U.D grade made by the cadres has been reviewed in this Department. Since availability of regular UDCs through normal modes of recruitment prescribed under the CSCS Rules may take some more time, it has been decided that the period of ad-hoc appointment of those UDCs who already have been working as UDC on ad-hoc basis in the UD Grade of CSCS may be extended up to 31st December, 2011 or till regular UDCs become available, whichever is earlier.

   2. Other terms and conditions mentioned in this Department’s O.M. No. 3/6/2004-CS.II dated 28.2.2005 will remain unchanged.

   3. Hindi version will follow.

Under Secretary to the Govt of India

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Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme - regarding.

F.No.B.12012/03/2010-CGHS (P)
Government of India,
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 6th June, 2011.

Subject: - Minutes of the meeting held on 14/7/2010 regarding proposed Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme - regarding.

   The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of the Minutes of the meeting of Staff Side Members of National Council (JCM) with Joint Secretary (Regulation), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare held on 14/07/2010 regarding proposed Central Government Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS) for information and further necessary action, if any.

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India.

Minutes of the meeting of Staff Side Members of National Council (JCM) with Joint Secretary (Regulation) held on 14/07/2010 at 11: 00 AM in the Committee Room of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi on the proposed Health Insurance Scheme for Central Government employees and pensioners.

   Shri Vineet Chawdhry, Joint Secretary (Regulation) M/o Health and Family Welfare held a meeting with staff side members of National Council (JCM) on 14th July. 2010. List of the participants in the meeting is at Annexure.

   At the outset, Chairman welcomed the Staff Side members of National Council (JCM) to the meeting to discuss the proposed Central Government Employees & Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS), to be rolled out in compliance of the recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission and to directions of Committee of Secretaries (COS). He informed the members about the salient features of the Scheme which had already been circulated, and said that:

   • The proposed scheme shall be compulsory for new appointees and new retirees and would be voluntary for existing pensioners and employees.

   • Government may bear upto 75% of the insurance premium share as a subsidy depending upon the eligible categories of the employee. The remaining portion of the premium will be borne by the members as is being done for CGHS.

   • Scheme will have no age limit, therefore member of any age can join the scheme.

   • All pre existing diseases will be covered from day one.

   • He further stated that OPD benefit is not available under the Insurance scheme due to various constraints, however, free OPD consultation will be provided by the networked hospitals and also they will charge the discounted CGHS rates for diagnostics procedures if prescribed during OPD consultation. However, cost of medicines will not be covered in such cases.

   • The scheme will operate on cashless basis on the lines of existing CGHS packages for the treatment taken in the networked hospitals by pensioners beneficiaries and no money is to be paid by the members to the hospitals.

   • The ‘family’ under CGEPHIS has been defined as self, spouse two dependent children and two dependent parents. Dependency criteria will remain same as applicable under CGHS. For including any additional member as a beneficiary under the scheme, the beneficiary would have to bear the entire premium on the additional member without it being subsidized by the Government.

   • The Insurance cover for the family will be Rs. 5 lakh and it will operate on family floater basis. In addition to this, a provision has also been made to create a corporate buffer of Rs. 25 Crore to take care of eventualities in cases where the above limited is exhausted fully and the member/ beneficiary is still undergoing treatment. In other words, although a monetary limit of Rs 5 Iakh has been kept as insurance cover for the family but it is only to decide the insurance premium with the Insurer. In fact, the members will enjoy an unlimited cover for their medical treatment under this Health Insurance Scheme too. Anything over and above Rs. 5 lakh will be borne by the Government.

   • Pre and post hospitalization benefits would also be available to the members.

   • Insurance premium to be paid would be deducted from the salary of the serving employees and pensioners would authorize their banks to deduct the applicable premium.

   • There will be a provision in the scheme for the beneficiaries to opt out of the scheme after three years.

   Shri V. P. Singh, Deputy Secretary (Medical services) informed the members that the Ministry conducted a ‘Demand Survey’ and gave wide publicity through newspaper advertisements all over India and invited response from the target population i.e., employees and pensioners who are willing to join the Scheme when it becomes operational. It was hosted on the website of the Ministry and CGHS website and willingness was invited through email too. The response have been quite encouraging and around 16,000 responses have been received which are being compiled for analysis. Majority of the response were from Non CGHS area and people have shown their willingness to join the scheme. The staff side requested that the outcome of the ‘Demand Survey’ may also be shared with them on its completion, which was agreed to.

   He also informed that as per the information made available by IRDA, 97% of the claims settled by the Insurance companies involved amount of less than Rs 3 lakh annually. Only 0.35 % of the claims were for amount exceeding Rs. 5 lakh annually, the balance falling between the Rs 3 to 5 lakh. Hence the proposed insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh would be adequate for the beneficiaries.

   DR. S. P. Goswamy, National Consultant (Health Insurance), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed the members that most of the benefits available under CGHS have been made a part of the CGEPHIS. The CGEPHIS is almost a replica of CGHS. Most of the defined day-care procedures which are covered in CGHS under OPD have been made part of the scheme. Further, in such cases where patients require hospitalization, but the condition of the patient is such that he cannot be shifted to hospital or bed is not available, CGEPHIS shall provide for such medical treatment under domiciliary hospitalization. These cases are part of OPD in CGHS

   Chairman further informed the Staff Side that all possible efforts have been made to make the Scheme suitable for the employees and pensioners retaining in it all the important features of CGHS and CS(MA)Rules, 1944, so that it attracts the target group and provide a freedom of choice in the hands of employees and pensioners, to select the best suitable scheme for them. He sought the views of the Staff Side members of JCM on the Scheme.

   Opening the discussion from the Staff Side, Shri S.K.Vyas Member(Staff side) JCM informed the meeting of their collective view on the scheme and stated that they have been opposing the Health Insurance Scheme all along and they still hold the view that CS(MA) Rules, 1944 is more suitable and it may be extended to all non CGHS areas and should provide cover to the pensioners who have been deprived of this medical facility since long. He further opined that the proposed scheme will also deprive the existing benefits available to the employees and pensioners viz. OPD facilities, coverage to all dependent family members etc. Extension of CS(MA) Rules, 1944, to all pensioners living in Non CGHS areas is their long pending demand. The Staff side unanimously stated that if the Government has already made up its mind to introduce Insurance Scheme, it should be implemented with the following points given due consideration before introduction of the scheme, so that it attracts the prospective members to join the scheme:

   • The Scheme should not be made compulsory for the future employees and pensioners. A voluntary option for joining the scheme must be given to all future employees and pensioners. The choice must be left to them. Especially the future retirees should not be deprived of the CGHS benefits that they have been availing during their service period as per the present scheme.

   • All eligible dependent members of the family may be allowed to join the scheme without any additional financial burden on members. This is being done in the existing CGHS and no financial burden is being imposed on members. Whatever the liability of premium for additional members is worked out; the same may be borne by the Government.

   • As the OPD consultation will be free in networked hospital, the cost of medicines on the prevailing guidelines of the CGHS may be reimbursed to the members. Else, an amount to Rs. 1000 +DA per month as Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) be paid to them on the analogy of the Transport Allowance. The revised amount of Rs. 300/- per month as FMA is inadequate, considering the ever increasing cost of the medical treatment under the present inflationary conditions.

   • The annual contribution to be made by the employee as his share of the Insurance premium for the Health Insurance policy should not in any case be more than the CGHS contribution applicable for him.

   • Life time contribution in respect of insurance premium may be taken from the pensioners as per the present CGHS provisions (for ten years for life time benefit) and rest may be borne by the government.

   Staff side raised the point about the implementation process of the scheme and enquired about the number of Insurance companies that may be involved in this scheme, as insurers to cover the entire country. Chairman informed the members that it will depend upon the future scenario as it emerges in due course.

   Shri S.K. Vyas reiterated his opinion that the extension of CS(MA) Rules, 1944, to the pensioners living in non CGHS areas would be more economical and cost effective way of addressing their health related issues in comparison to the proposed Health Insurance Scheme (CGEPHIS).

   Shri C. Srikumar raised the issue of revision of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to those employees who are posted in remote areas where AMA is not available. Since the Government has already issued order for revising the FMA for pensioners, necessary order for serving employees may also be issued.

   Chairman assured the Staff Side members of the National Council(JCM) that the Ministry will look into the points raised by them seriously and the concerns expressed by them and suggestions made by them will be given due consideration while finalising the Scheme.

   The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the chair.


Saturday, June 18, 2011


Re-classification of Saharanpur as “Y” class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance

No. 2(14)/2010-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, 15th June, 2011.


Subject:- Re-classification of Saharanpur as “Y” class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Ministry’s O.M. No.2(21)/E.II(B)/2004 dated 18.11.2004 & O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 regarding re-classification of cities on the basis of the population figures of 2001 census for the purpose of HRA to the Central Government employees and to say that the Government of Uttar Pradesh vide their Notification No.2176/9-7-09-53J/1998 dated 01.10.2009 reconstituted the area of Saharanpur (M.B.) by adding certain areas within its Municipal limits and renamed it as Saharanpur Municipal Corporation, which resulted in an increase in population of ‘Saharanpur Municipal Corporation’ to qualify it for classification as ‘Y’ class city for the purpose of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees.

2. The President is, accordingly, pleased to decide that Saharanpur city (within its Municipal limits) shall stand re-classified as “Y” class city for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees posted there.

3. These orders shall be effective from 1st June, 2011.

4. The orders will apply to all civilian employees of the Central Government. The orders will also be applicable to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India


Friday, June 17, 2011


SCRA Exam, 2010 Result Announced UPSC

        Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the result of Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2010.     The following is the list, in order of merit, of  44 candidates {25 General (including of 01 PH-I), 10 Other Backward Classes (including 01 PH-I) 06 Scheduled Castes, and 03 Scheduled Tribes} who have been recommended for appointment as Special Class Railway Apprentices’ in the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers on the basis of result of the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination held in  Dec., 2010.   The medical examination shall be conducted by the Ministry of Railways.  A communication for medical examination will be issued by the Ministry of Railways to the candidates individually within 21 days from the date of declaration of final result.

UPSC has Facilitation counter at its campus.  Candidates may obtain any information /clarification regarding their examination/results on working days between 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 PM. in person or over Telephones Nos. 011-23381125 or 011-23385271 or 011-23098543 from this counter.  The result will also be available on the U.P.S.C.’s Website – in  

qualified candidates     

Written Part Result of Combined Medical Services Exam, 2011 Announced UPSC

 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the result of the written part of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2011 held on 16th January, 2011. These candidates  have qualified for interview/Personality Test.

              The candidature of these candidates is PROVISIONAL subject to their being found eligible in all respects.  The candidates would be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims relating to age, educational qualifications, community, physical disability etc. at the time of the Personality Test.  They are, therefore, advised to keep the said prescribed certificates ready.

              Detailed Application Forms (DAF) along with Gazette Notification dated 11th September, 2010 containing rules for Combined Medical Services Examination, 2011 and Summary Sheet is also available on the Commission`s Website   All the qualified candidates are required to download the DAF and Summary Sheet, fill up both and send them by Regd. Post/Speed Post to the Under Secretary (CMS), Room No. 427, Ayog Sachivalaya Building, Union Public Service Commission, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069 within seven days from the date of declaration of result.

              Interview of candidates who have qualified for the Personality Test will be held soon and the exact date of interview will be intimated to the candidates through Interview Letter.  Roll Number wise Interview Schedule will also be made available on Commission’s Website  in due course.
            No request for change in the date and time of the Personality Test intimated to the candidates will be entertained under any circumstances.

            “The marks-sheets of candidates, will be put on the Commission’s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the Website for a period of 60 days”.

            Candidates are advised to intimate change in their addresses, if any, to the U.P.S.C. immediately to facilitate dispatch of Interview letters to them promptly.

The roll numbers of the candidates who have qualified are as under:

qualified candidates        

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Post Office savings accounts to be taxed from current fiscal

The government has decided to levy tax on the interest obtained on Post Office savings schemes from the current financial year.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes ( CBDT )) has brought out a notification in this regard recently, which stipulates that any interest earned beyond Rs 3,500 (in case of individual accounts) and Rs 7,000 (in case of joint accounts) will be taxable from the running fiscal.

The CBDT-- which is the administrative authority of the Income Tax Department-- has issued the notification to all the tax collection ranges across the country for implementation.

Taxpayers will have to reflect this investment on their income tax returns.

"Taxpayers who now invest in the post office saving accounts schemes will now have to show the interest earned on this scheme while filing their income tax returns. Interest upto Rs 3,500, in case of single accounts and and Rs 7,000 in case of joint accounts, is exempted," a senior I-T official said.

The Assessing Officer (AO) will compute the tax on the interest earned, beyond the exemption limit, accordingly, he said.

The current interest rates for Post Office savings deposits is 3.5 per cent per annum.

The minimum investment limit in this scheme is Rs 50 while the maximum limit is Rs one lakh for an individual account and Rs 2 lakh in case of a joint account.


Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- to Group D Staff who retired/died after the notification of RPR 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training.

Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt. New Deihi-110010

No. AN/XIV/14162/6th CPC/Corr./vol-Xl                   Dated: 8.06.2011


Subject:- Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- to Group D Staff who retired/died after the notification of RPR 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training.

   References have been received in this HQrs office seeking clarifications as to how to determine the grade pay of those non matriculate Group ‘D’ employees who retired or died in harness after the notification of RPR 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training to be eligible for grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in Pay Band-1

   2. Since RPR 2008 is silent on the issue, the matter was referred to Ministry of Defence (Finance)/ DoP&T for issue of necessary clarification on the subject matter. DoP&T to whom the matter was referred have advised that in all such cases the individual concerned be granted Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in Pay Band-1 w.e.f. the same date from which retrained eligible employees were placed in Pay Band and Grade Pay in accordance with the Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure, clarification issued vide OM No. 7/19/2010-E.III(A) dated 02.8.2010.

   3. In view of the above, it is advised that further necessary action to regulate the Grade Pay of all affected Group “D” employees of your organization who died or retired after implementation of RPR 2008 but before being imparted the requisite training may please be taken accordingly.


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UPSC Recomends 113 Candidates From Reserve List for CSE 2009 Exam

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has recommended 113 candidates which include 90 General, 22 OBC and 01 SC, to fill up the remaining posts based on the Civil Servicers Examination, 2009, as sought by the Department of Personnel & Training.  The candidates so recommended will be communicated directly by the DOP&T.

The candidature of five candidates bearing Roll No. 3051, 5102, 12516, 130349 and 269989 is provisional.

The results of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2009 were declared on 06.05.2010 recommending 875 candidates in order of merit for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and Central Services Group “A” and Group ‘B’ against 989 vacancies.

The Commission, in accordance with the Rule 16 (4) & (5) of the Civil Services Examination Rules, was also maintaining a Consolidated Reserve List in order of merit below the last recommended candidate under the respective category.

The list of these 113 candidates is also available on the UPSC website i.e. http//

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011


74% Indians financially prepared to handle retirement: Survey

Indians, who demonstrate impressive optimism, have lowest concern about financial hardship in retirement, according to survey done across 17 countries by Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance.

Indians are second best in Asia Pacific with 74 per cent 'feeling' adequately financially prepared to handle their retirement and 69 per cent of the respondents see themselves as being better off in their later life than their parents, the survey said.

However, 51 per cent respondents in India are worried about being able to cope financially in old age, with one in ten people in India expecting to continue working in later life to provide income for themselves, reiterating that the general optimism towards retirement must not therefore lead to complacency, it said.

India currently enjoys the fortunate position of relatively high savings rates. Further, it does not face the immediate demographic challenges of most of its peers. However, this will not last, said Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance CEO John Holden .

With the looming demographic time bomb, in the long term, India is likely to face the same pressure as its peers, he said.

Over the next 30 years, a higher proportion of the population will be of working age and when they retire, India too, will face the challenges of an ageing, non-working population. As life expectancy increases, the number of years spent in retirement is expected to get greater, he added.

The study further noted that those with a financial plan for the future enjoy several benefits over those who do not.

It is called 'planning premium' and these benefits are both 'hard' and 'soft', including not only greater and more diverse retirement savings, but also a more positive outlook and fewer worries about later life, it said.

Individuals who undertake financial planning are not only likely to be better off in retirement, but also are more likely than non-planners to associate retirement with positive ideas such as freedom and less likely to associate it with negative ones such as financial hardship, it added.

According to the study, a key challenge in encouraging households to start planning remains the need to raise basic levels of financial literacy.

The survey had a sample size of 1,028 in India. Of this 778 men while 250 women across various age-group were surveyed.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011


India Post Partner with Fabindia to benefit Customers

India Post Introduces Retail Counter at Fabindia Store
With the opening of first postal retail extension counter at Fabindia’s flagship store, India Post and Fabindia partner to benefit customers in a first of its kind Public- Private Partnership. The counter was jointly inaugurated here today by smt. Radhika Doraiswamy – Secretary (Post) to Government of India, Director General Department of Posts and the Chairman of the Postal Services Board and Mr. William Bissell - Managing Director, Fabindia Overseas Private Limited.

Delhi Postal Circle in collaboration with Fabindia Overseas Private Limited - India’s private retail platform for craft based products, opened its counter at Fabindia’s flagship store at 14, N Block Market, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi.

As a part of the joint endeavour to enhance customer experience, India post will now offer customers hassle free postal retail service which would enable the customers to buy, pack and dispatch Fabindia products not only within India but also to international destinations. To help the customers in booking consignments, Delhi Postal Circle staff will be deployed at Fabindia store.

While this comes as an expansion of the existing postal retail service earlier introduced at the Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan (Cottage Emporium), New Delhi-1, where customers can avail Speed Post Services & Registered Parcel booking within the premises of the shopping complex, this is the first partnership with a private player.

With 140 stores across 58 cities in India and four international stores, Fabindia Overseas Private Limited is India’s largest retail platform for a wide range of products produced by artisans living largely in rural areas.

The POST OFFICE counter at the Fabindia outlet will offer the following domestic and international services from 1100 Hours till 1900 Hours (on all working days):

Flat Rate Parcel Service (Domestic) – Air Express Service, High Quality Boxes as a part of postage charges, One India One Rate

Flat Rate Parcel Service (International) – Any destination, anywhere in the world. Total composite Rates are applicable

EMS Speed Post Service (Domestic & International) – Fast, reliable, guaranteed Service


Submission of Immovable Property Returns by Officers of Group 'A' Central Services and placing the same in public domain.


F.No. 11013/3/2011-Estt. (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block,New Delhi,
Dated the 8th June,2011.


Subject :- Submission of Immovable Property Returns by Officers of Group 'A' Central Services and placing the same in public domain.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even number dated 11.04.2011 followed by reminder dated 23.05.2011 on the subject mentioned above and to say that all the Immovable Property Returns(IPRs) of members of Group 'A' Central Services (which were to be submitted by 31.01.2011 for the year 2010) were to be put in the public domain by 31.05.2011.

   2. It is requested that the compliance position in respect of Group 'A' Central Services of the Ministry may please be indicated and the status report sent to DOP&T by 15.06.2011 positively.

(P. Prabhakaran)
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Grant of concession in rail fares to Orthopaedically handicapped/ Paraplegic persons in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.



NO. TCII/2196/11/Policy                                         New Delhi dated: 13.5.2011

The General Managers (Comml.)
All Indian Railways.

Sub: Grant of concession in rail fares to Orthopaedically handicapped/ Paraplegic persons in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.

   As announced by Hon’ble MR on 25.2.2011 in the Budget Speech for 2011-12, Ministry of Railways have decided to extend the concession admissible to Orthopedically handicapped/paraplegic persons in terms of S.No. 25 of Annexure to rule 101 of IRCA Coaching Tariff No. 25 Part l(Vol-ll), in Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains also.

   2. Accordingly Orthopaedically handicapped/paraplegic persons who cannot travel without the assistance of escort are eligible for 25% concession in 3-AC & AC Chair Car in all inclusive fares of Rajdhani and Shatabdj trains. The same concession will also be admissible to one escort accompanying the concerned handicapped person.

   3. There is no change in other terms and conditions.

   4. The concession will be effective on tickets purchased on or after 01.06.2011. In case of tickets already issued for travel on & after 0l.06.20ll refund of difference of fares will not be admissible.

   5. Wide publicity through various media may be given at regular intervals. Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned immediately including PRS/UTS immediately and compliance ensured.

   6. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

(Dr. Monica Agnihotri)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board.


Free Monthly Seasion tickets to girls pursuing Professional/vocational courses upto Graduation.



No.TCII/2010/09/Students/Policy                            New Delhi, dated:30.5.2011

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways.

Sub:- Free Monthly Seasion tickets to girls pursuing Professional/vocational courses upto Graduation.

   As per existing provisions contained in Rule 242.2 of IRCA Coaching Tariff No.26, Part-I (Vol. 1), Girl Students upto graduation are eligible for Free Monthly Season tickets for travel between stations serving their school/college to residence.

   2. As announced by Hon’ble MR during discussion on Railway Budget, it has been decided to extend the above mentioned concession to Girl students who are pursuing professional/vocational courses also upto the level of graduation.

   3. There will be no change in other terms and conditions, including the eligibility/entitlement of free MSTs to Boy students.

   4. This concession will be admissible on MSTs purchased on and after l July 2011

   5. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

   6. Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned immediately and implementation ensured.

(V.K. Sharma)
Railway Board.


Monday, June 13, 2011

PM's intervention sought to revive AI

A former senior officer of Air India has sought urgent intervention of the Prime Minister in reviving the national carrier, claiming that it was sinking into financial bankruptcy very fast.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Executive Director Jitender Bhargava said he was compelled to "conclude that Air India as a product is not suffering by default but the future of the airline is being deliberately and systematically sabotaged".

"It is shocking to see that no efforts (to bring it out of the financial rut) are being made by the management as a consequence of which the airline is sinking, and sinking fast.

Why is this being allowed?" he said.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Allowance for med teachers to be hiked

 In a move to halt migration of teachers from government-run medical colleges to private institutions , the medical education departmen is set to enhance the ceiling on payment of non-private practicing allowance (NPPA), appoint medical teachers on contract and promote eligible lecturers as associate professors.

So far, the ceiling on payment of NPPA was Rs 45,000, which includes the basic salary. Now it has been proposed to enhance the ceiling to Rs 85,000. "Despite the Sixth Pay Commission being in force, medical teachers were not getting the enhanced NPPA owing to the ceiling. We will issue an appropriate order within a week," a senior MED official told TOI on Saturday.

On the appointment of teachers on contract ,theofficial said in view of large number of vacancies in government-run medical colleges across the state, it has been proposed to appoint teachers on contract on a fixed salary of Rs 50,000 against the existing salary of Rs 20,000. "Twenty percent posts are vacant at present. With the contract system , we will be able to fill up the vacancies till the time regular appointments are made ," he said .

"A section of lecturers was appointed on ad hoc basis . Despite them being eligible for promotion , they were not considered .All eligible lecturers willbe promoted soon ," he said .


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Six teachers suspended for deriliction of duty

 The district authorities in Poonch today suspended six teachers on the charge of deriliction of their duties.

During a surprise visit to middle school Battal Kot in Loran area of Mandi, the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Mohammad Ashraf Chauhan found four teachers absent from duty and placed them under suspension, officials said.

In another visit to middle school Palera in the same district, the CEO found Jagdish Kour absent and placed her under suspension.

Chauhan also placed under suspension one teacher of primary school Mughal in Bafliaz area of the district when he found him absent during a visit


Friday, June 10, 2011


Amendment to CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 — Notification regarding.

By Speed Post

No. 38/80/2008-P&PW (A) (Part II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated: 8th June 2011

The Manager,
Govt. of India Press,
Mayapuri, Ring Road,
New Delhi 110064

Subject: Amendment to CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 — Notification regarding.

   I am to forward herewith a copy of Notification in duplicate (English & Hindi version) on the above subject and to request that the same may be published in the Gazette of India, Part II, Section 3, sub-section (ii).

   2. It is further requested that 100 spare copies of the Printed version of the Notification may kindly be sent to this Department.

End: As above.

Yours faithfully,
(Tripti P. Ghosh)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis- reg.

Most Immediate

No.4/2/2011-CS.II (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 8th June 2011


Subject:- Promotion of Personal Assistant (PA) of CSSS to the Private Secretary (PS) Grade of CSSS on ad-hoc basis- reg.

   The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even No. dated 31.3.2011 & 13.4.2011 on the subject mentioned above.

   2. All the Cadre Units were requested to promote the eligible PAs within the zone prescribed to the Grade of Private Secretary on adhoc basis to the extent of number of vacancies allocated to their Cadre Units as indicated in Annexure-I of this Department OM of even number dated 31.3.2011 and 13.4.2011. The Cadre Units were also requested to forward the recommendations of the DPC in respect of the remaining eligible PAs in the prescribed zone, who are clear from vigilance angle and cannot be promoted within the Cadre Unit due to lack of vacancies , to this Division while retaining the officials with the least incumbency.

   3. Accordingly, based on the information received so far from the Cadre Units, the Competent Authority has decided to nominate the PAs whose names are given in the Annexure-I to this OM and post them to the Cadre Units indicated against their names for their promotion to the Grade of PS of CSSS on adhoc basis after having been found ‘fit’ by the DPC and clear from vigilance angle.

   4. The ad-hoc appointment of these officials shall take effect from the date they assume charge of the post of PS in the respective Cadre Units. The ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any right to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the Select List of PS for regular appointment or to claim seniority in the PS Grade of CSSS.The period of adhoc promotion would be upto 30.9.2011 or till the regular Private Secretaries become available, whichever is earlier.

   5. It is also noted that in some Cadres Units like MHA, eligible PAs with maximum incumbency have been promoted and retained within the Cadres Units and the names of eligible PAs with minimum incumbency have been furnished to this Department for their allocation to other Cadres Units which is not in conformity with this Department OM of even number dated 13.4.2011 ibid. It has, therefore, been decided to transfer such adhoc Private Secretaries from the Cadre Units concerned to the Cadre Units indicated against
their names given in the Annexure II. Accordingly, MHA is requested to

       1) relieve the transferred adhoc Private Secretaries as shown in the Annexure —II of their duties to join the cadre concerned immediately under intimation to this Department.

       2) The remaining PA’s with minimum incumbency may be promoted to the grade PS of CSSS on adhoc basis . A copy of their promotion orders may be forwarded to this Department immediately.

   6. The Cadre units are also requested that all the PAs who have been nominated to other cadre on their adhoc promotion to the Grade of PS of CSSS may be relieved immediately. A copy of the relieving/promotion Orders issued by Cadres concerned may be forwarded to this Department immediately.

(Kiran Vasudeva)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

order copy